Old Lyme senior Caleigh O'Neil, who scored the game-winning goal when the Wildcats beat Old Saybrook 1-0 in the 2016 Class S state soccer final, has accepted a Division I scholarship to row at UMass! ... There is a great article spot lighting her path to success... take a look!
Every 90 seconds, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash, and every 53 minutes someone dies in a drunk driving crash, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Paramedics and educators around the country are intent on making these statistics real for teens by staging mock drunk driving crashes at high schools across the country in the hopes of having students think before making poor choices.
On Friday, April 28, LOLHS students participated in a Mock Crash event. Old Lyme EMTs, Firemen/women, Police, and Fulton Funeral Home all participated volunteering their time to help make this event as realistic and meaningful as humanly possible. Following the crash, we convened in the auditorium where students listened to a 'mock' Eulogy for the student who fictitiously died in the crash. Paramedics from Backus Hospital as well as a representative from MADD addressed the students describing their experiences.
Thank you to LYSB for sponsoring this event - specifically Missy Garvin for organizing and coordinating all parties. It was quite a compelling event.
Congratulations to Cole Hamparian who was selected as the April Chamber of Commerce Business student of the month. He was selected because of his vast interest in business. By the time Cole graduates from high school he will have taken a wide variety of the business classes offered at LOLHS in an effort to help him narrow down the area in which he would like to major in college. He is enjoying all of his business classes ... which makes for a tough decision. Well done Cole!
DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) and their Adviser Dr. Hedwall traveled to Waterford High School to participate against 7 local high schools in the Apprentice Challenge. Without any prior knowledge of the challenge, LOLHS students had to design and present a marketing campaign for the Norwich Arts Center "on the spot." LOL students did an amazing job in creating and presenting their campaign.
Members of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) attended Tech Day in New York on April 18 with their Adviser, Joanne Hedwall, and the School-to-Career Coordinator, Elizabeth Shoudy. Students were able to hear stage presentations about various businesses and visit various (hundreds of) booths with information about new startups and already established businesses.
The DEEP Student Ambassador Program has been active in our schools for two years. With direction from the Boating Division of the DEEP and assistance from a liaison in each school, students produced boating safety outreach displays. These displays are set up in the schools in April each year, in areas where students could see and appreciate the safety messages. Later in the month these displays are brought up and displayed in Hartford at the Capitol.
Aiden Greene, has brought in his safety outreach display to share with students here at Lyme –Old Lyme High School. Currently it is in our library and I encourage you to stop by and see his hard work.
Lyme-Old Lyme- The Level 4 Spanish classes at LOLHS incorporate the study of culture as part of their language learning. To begin the year, each student chose a Latino and/or Hispanic country on which to focus throughout the year. As the class engaged in units about topics such as the environment, adolescence, and family, students researched the topics in the context of their focus country and culture. For example, during the study on the environment, students researched issues related to natural resources, endangered animals, and the effects of technology and modernization on indigenous communities. Students presented their findings to the class. This allowed them the opportunity to explore the topics in multiple cultural contexts. An important aspect of the studies is for students to compare and contrast cultures with their own. They learn to celebrate their similarities and learn from their differences. The goal of these experiences is to help students develop an understanding of perspectives different their own and to develop a sense of respect for other cultures.
The class had a cultural celebration in March. Each student cooked an authentic dish with a recipe from the country that he/she had been studying. The teacher also made a "tortilla Espanola" (Spanish omelette) to share. Foods were displayed and then students had a chance to taste them. This cultural exposure helped students experience a wonderful variety of flavors and textures without judging foods by the way they looked.
Through the study of the curriculum, movies, guest speakers, and experiences such as this one, students realize how important it is to understand and appreciate the diversity around us.
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